The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 7, 2012

Parenting through divorce class set Dec. 17

Enid News and Eagle

— Divorcing parents often are faced with many new problems during this difficult time for the entire family.

Although their marriage is ending, their role as parents continues through their lives. To help make this transition easier, Northwest Family Services Inc. staff member Ginger Smith, M.B.S., will teach a Parenting Through Separation and Divorce class 6-9 p.m. Dec. 17.

The class will be in Cherokee in the Civics Room of Alfalfa County Courthouse, 300 S. Grand. To enroll, call Northwest Family Services at (580) 327-2900. Participants must pre-enroll; the class will be canceled if there is inadequate pre-enrollment. Class costs $30 per person.

The class was designed at the request of the courts to help divorcing couples understand the problems their children may experience during and after a divorce or separation. It will fulfill the court order for all divorcing parents. Parents will learn skills to parent cooperatively, even though they are divorced.

In the class, parents will learn how to effectively communicate with their children and with their former spouse. They will practice reflective listening skills and will study various active communication techniques and non-verbal communications. They will also practice workable negotiation styles for dealing with conflict and rules for effective expressions.

Class members also will discuss various options for parenting, such as joint custody and mediation.